Friday, February 15, 2019



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      to you

  we continue

 what we began 

    last week:

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   Our spiritual lives 

   are conditioned

   by our images 

        of God.

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We continue from

The Blog Notebook:


- Interestingly, of the three

   monotheistic religions,

   only Christianity has

   images of God

   such as statues, icons,

   paintings, stained glass.

- What do the Jews

   and the Muslims

   know that Christians don't,


   what do Christians know

   that Jews and Muslims don't?

- Or do all three come

  at the same thing

  variously because of our limits

  and God's unlimitedness?

- Yet the three do have all sorts of,

   and voluminous at that,

   word images of God,

   necessarily and limitedly so,

   given the human

   condition and capacity

- It is crucial to get lost

   in The First Bible

- Nature is just that.

   Before any religions

   or sacred writings,

   God was and is

   reflected, revealed,

   indeed present in nature.

- See Genesis.

- Check out the life and sharings

  of Francis of Assisi -

  he met God in nature

-Get immersed in the sayings

  and rituals of nature religion

- The spirituality of

  The Original Americans

  is especially helpful here.

- Get into biology, archeology,

  geology, anthropology,

  chemistry, cosmology,

  so much of God imaged there

- Have a pet

- Grow a garden

- Farm

- Most of all, get outdoors!!

- Images and presence

  of God all over the place!!

-  A principle:

      "As the image,

       so the relationship."

- True re. our relationship

  with self, other, all of existence,

  and  indeed with God.

- Images: how we see,

  feel, sense, understand 

  self and other.

- Images made up of sensations,

  experiences, ideas, associations,

  emotions, thoughts, feelings,

  instinct and intuition,

  and who knows what else.

- A negative image leads

  to a negative relationship.

- A positive image leads

   to a positive relationship.

- RE. Image of God:

  consider the image of God as 

  judge, police officer, record keeper,

  a universe or many away, warrior,

  creative and inclusive ( see Genesis ),

  merciful and tender ( see psalms )

  lover ( see Song of Songs)  , 

  "daddy" (literal meaning of "Abba" -

  the image of God Jesus shared )

  and the kind of relationship

  with God they cause and foster.

- God, like everything

   and everyone else,

   is "imaged"  for us by others

   ( parents, teachers, peers, )

   as well as by ritual, text, 

   teachings, cultural coloration .

  That imaging is done

  in terms of the imager:

  their maturity, depth,

  level of consciousness,

  not exhaustively in terms 

  of what is imaged.

  We don't get God from them.

  We get a thought/feeling/

  perhaps experiential

  picture of God composed

  from other peoples' experience base.

- This is true of biblical images of God.

  They are toned by how evolved

  that biblical writer,

  and that writer's culture was.

  Thus the vindictive,

  violent God imaged in some

  Old Testament portrayals.

  They often say a lot  more

  about the writer

  and the consciousness level

  and culture of the times

  than about an accurate and fuller

  portrayal of God.

-They and we "speak" God

  and attribute to God

  how we are and what we know.

- Evolving consciousness

  ( personal/societal ),

   evolving images.

- They and we talk about everything,

   including God, in our limited,

   often cockeyed terms.

 - "Our idea of God says more about

     ourselves than about Him"

           Thomas Merton

          (That's for sure !! )

-Always consider your source

-So critical in scriptural "revelation."

-Approach scripture as Jesus did -

 selectively - employ Jewish Midrash:

 types/levels of understanding

     - literal

     - deep meaning: symbolic

       or allegorical applications

     - comparative: combines different texts

       to explore entirely new meanings

     - hidden: gets at the Mystery itself

- "Jesus consistently ignored or even denied 

  exclusionary, punitive, and triumphalist 

  texts in his own inspired Hebrew Bible

  in favor of passages that emphasized

  inclusion, mercy, and honesty."

  Richard Rohr, 01-07-19, daily email,

 Center For Action And Contemplation

-Jesus: " You have heard it said,...

 but I say unto you..." ( Matthew 5:38-42)

 Jesus rejected Exodus 21:23-24,

 Jesus actually rejected sections of scripture -

 that is is not commonly known, 

 and knowing it is critical

-Early Fathers of the Church encouraged

 as many as seven "senses" of scripture

 seven "takes", as in take on scripture -

 prominent were:
     - literal
     - historical

     - allegorical

     - moral

     - symbolic

       - eschatological

- Great help here:

   "What Do We Do With The Bible?"

       Richard Rohr, 2018,

      CAC Publishing

  It is a gem!! 

  If image and meaning are concerns, 

  this little book is probable the best help 

  for the general reading public

- " If you can comprehend it,

             it isn't God."


   ( That's for sure for sure l!!)

- Need to pry free

   the core insight/revelation

   from its cultural coloration,

   how it is imaged.

 - See "A Testament of Violence?",

   Christian Century, November 8, 2017.

That's it for today.

Next week we'll continue all this.

Our whole spiritual life is so dependent

on our image of God.

    All the best !

Holding one and all in

God's Dear Love,

     John Frank


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